Vietnam will try its best to boost relations with Germany, especially in economics, trade, investment, education and training.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the statement while receiving out-going German Ambassador to Vietnam Rolf Schulze in Hanoi on August 15.

He said he is pleased with fine developments in the bilateral ties during Rolf Schulze’s time of office with two-way trade reaching nearly 6 billion USD in 2010.

At present, Germany is the largest European trade partner of Vietnam and the number of German businesses investing in Vietnam is rapidly increasing, he said.

The PM suggested Vietnam and Germany strengthen trade and investment cooperation in order to bring practical results to both sides.

He thanked the German Government and people for their effective ODA for Vietnam and helping the country build a metro route and the Vietnam-Germany University in Ho Chi Minh City.

Affirming support for a project to build the German House in Ho Chi Minh City and expand the Germany International School, PM Dung stressed that the Vietnamese government will create favourable conditions for German businesses to operate effectively in the country.

He expressed his belief that German Chancellor A. Merkel’s upcoming visit to Vietnam will help raise the bilateral relationship to a new height.

Ambassador Rolf Schulze said the building of the metro route and the Vietnam - Germany University is an important premise for the two countries’ ties to continue developing in the future.

He added that the two sides are actively preparing for the upcoming visit by Chancellor Merkel./.